Friday, April 9, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010 - Bless & Boost Your Bliss Box Giveaway

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
Today starts the Ultimate Blog Party 2010 hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. When I was first challenged about beginning to blog, I was hesitant, skeptical, resistant, and slightly in denial about things like "virtual" parties and friendships. I don't want my relationships to be merely "virtual;" I want them to be real!!! :) Ahem... But then one of the editors of P31 Woman magazine gave me the gentle nudge that it was time to begin blogging as a way of expanding opportunities to encourage other women and spread the news that God's Word gives actual hope and help for busy women today. I need frequent reminders of that hope and help. And what a surprise that, along the way, I have re-connected with and newly made some very sweet friendships and "prayerships" that I consider to be real gifts. So for my blog ... what would I say?

I would say, "Come, have a peace," because I really believe that's what God says to women today who juggle work and home, relationships and dreams, navigating the unexpected events of life as it unfolds. I blog to express and celebrate all that God says about His purpose and plan for my life through the simplest and most ordinary of circumstances. My husband of 20 years and our two teens offer lots of inspiration, as does my background as a teacher, missionary, home school mom, public school PTA mom, accident prone miracle, women's ministry leader, and lover of the written word.

So, if you're on the "Ultimate Blog Party 2010" and stealing a few minutes to hop around, I hope you'll come back to be encouraged and find a little "peace" with me. You will read about anything from kids to camping to cooking to couples (on Marriage Mondays).


To add to the festivities of the Party, I am offering a giveaway through the Blog Party list (open to US residents), and I'm calling it the "Bless & Boost Your Bliss Box." You can win by leaving a comment on any post during the party week OR by becoming a new follower & leaving me a comment to let me know. Every comment counts as an entry for this gift to bless and boost your wedded bliss! This box includes:

A copy of "Capture Her Heart" and "Capture His Heart" by Lysa TerKeurst, a box of 12 assorted tea lights in the "family, dream, peace" fragrances from Chesapeake Bay Candle, a bottle of "P.S. I Love You" body lotion from Bath & Body Works, and a beautiful "Wisdom" magnetic notepad to keep close at hand. There are LOADS of other prizes you can win at the UBP too.

(And if I win a gift at the UBP, I would love #3 on the US/Canada list or #49, 75, 73, 84, 39, on the US Continent list. ;)


Blessings to you for a little peace .... No, for a LOT of PEACE ;) this weekend!

41 COMMENTS ~ Click here to leave a COMMENT:

Teri Lynne Underwood said...

Julie, when I read your posts, I always feel like I've been invited to sit down with a cup of coffee and learn from someone who lives out grace and kindness! So glad you are in my life!

Amy said...

What a gorgeous blog you have! I'm going to poke around your archives a bit. I can always use a little more peace in my life!

My party post is up HERE- I hope you'll stop by and say hello! :)

Rachel said...

Just stopping by to say "hi"! I am so glad I subscribed to your blog a couple of weeks ago! I'm really enjoying it! Have a fun "party" week! =)

Joshlin said...

I have followed you for some time, and always find just what I need from your posts. You have helped me so much on my journey to get closer to God. Thank you so much!!! I just wanted to let you know how much it all means to me. My 3 year old son is now on his own journey. We got him his first Preschoolers Bible a few days ago. I am learning from his Bible as I read it to him as I am learning form mine!

Thank you again for just having a great blog and leading me in the right direction!

sandra said...

Just found your site through the UBP! I am definitely bookmarking this site so I can come back often..looks like some great stuff. Oh, and the giveaway looks awesome! I'd love to win!
sandramasters1@bellsouth.net

Barbie said...

Welcome to the party! I've enjoyed your blog for several weeks now and am so glad I found you! Blessings!

Eos Mom said...

Love your blog title! Just enjoying the party and I'm inpsired to look around your blog some more. Nice to meet you.

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Rhonda said...

You have a wonderful blog. I agree with Teri, I feel very comfortable and "Peaceful" on your blog. I have been praying a lot lately about peace, so maybe God has directed me this way.

Janel said...

Thanks for hosting a giveaway! You are offering some nice prizes!

Stopping by from ubp 2010. come visit me to: http://amomstake.blogspot.com

Haydensmommy05 said...

Hi! I am stopping in from the UBP! I also became a new follower!

Roxanna said...

Coming by way of UBP! I will be back!!! I hope to read more!

Party at my place: http://roxannaj.blogspot.com

Theresa said...

I've been reading here for a few weeks now but every time I come I leave blessed. I especially love your blog colors and banner, they are so pretty.

Jen said...

I just found your blog via the UBP! I have been reading here for a while...guess a bit too long! Time gets a way from ya. Blessings!

Shop with Me Mama said...

Stopping by to say hi! I hope you have a fabulous week!

Amanda said...

I must say that I really enjoyed reading your party post.... and I love what you do with your blog ~ so I am your newest follower :)

I too have a Monday carnival ~ Just a Motivating Monday... which is an inspirational carnival. I love your carnival as well!!

Nice to "meet" you!

eLisa said...

A very sweet collection of gifts, Julie! Just like how sweet you are!

Michelle said...

I always enjoy reading your posts. they are both biblical and thought-provoking.

I am having my first blog party and would love some more visitors!

Have a blessed week!

Julie Arduini.com: The Surrendered Scribe said...

Julie,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog, I absolutely love yours. That title is awesome!

I look forward to reading more of your work.

Have a great week in Him!
Julie Arduini

bigguysmama said...

I love P31 Ministries. Lisa is a wonderful speaker. I enjoy visiting the blogs of the ladies who are part of the ministry! So glad they convinced you to start one! Have a blessed week!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words
http://wovenbywords.blogspot.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party-5-minutes-for-mom.html

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblins
www.groschengoblins.com

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Happy UBP 2010!

Mrs. Gertha said...

Wonderful Blog; sooo much sustenance!! I left one party and came to party and follow you!!! Stop by, party, and follow me:-)

Becca said...

This is an amazing site. I just joined today and looking forward to learning more about marriage/MM. I'm not even married yet and just browsing the articles and post has been a blessing already-Thanks and God Bless!

D and A said...

Stopping by from the party!

Looking forward to following you on bloglines and hope that you will stop by and consider following back:
http://missionalmamassoul.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Manner Wagner said...

Hi! I'm Stephanie from "And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog". Just making the rounds via the UBP 2010, hope to see you around my blog too!

http://andtwinsmake5.com

Kristi Stephens said...

I hope you're enjoying the blog party!!! :)

I, for one, am THRILLED that you started blogging... what a gift to reconnect with you through our blogs!

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Stopping by from the UBP- I'm glad I found your blog!

Blessings to you,
Michele

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

your posts always make me smile....This is such a fun party and I have already met some of the greatest bloggers... I am amazed at all the different and creative blogs. Stop by for a visit...just leave a comment on any of the last few posts on either blog and you are eligible for the GRAND PRIZE $100 GIFT BASKET!
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com/

Jadehollow said...

Dropping in from UBP .. Great Blog .. I will return for sure :)
~Debbie aka Jadehollow

Jackie said...

Just stopping in the UBP! Your blog is beautiful...I enjoyed browsing. I am now a follower!
jackievillano at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

オッス!

Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

Have a great weekend and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!

さようなら!

(grr your comment form hates me....)

Anonymous said...

オッス!

Nice to meet you! :D Just stopping by from the party to say howdy. Love your blog.

Have a great weekend and happy UBP! :D And hope to see you stop by sometime!!

さようなら!

Jess said...

Beautiful blog! Stopping by from UBP, ill be back!

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

Cascia
The Healthy Moms
http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html

Teresa in Mi said...

First time here. Nice to meet you. Five years ago I attended my very first Christian women's retreat from a local church my friends attended. I remember receiving a PEACE banner because that is what I so desire. I keep it in my Bible.

Anonymous said...

enjoyed your blog, glad to stumble on it.

Brandi said...

Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

Tiffany said...

Hello! Just stopping by from the party. :) It's very nice to meet you.

Amanda said...

I became a new follower!

Jenn said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to connect with so many women from around the globe through a blog? Hope you had fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! I know its over but I'm still partying and visiting some new blogs! :)

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab a free tutu making lesson! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest